1. Buy a small backpack/suitcase
It will force you to pack light and avoid carrying too much stuff. This is particularly important if you’re going to be visiting multiple places within a destination or if you plan on doing a lot of shopping once you’re there. Too much luggage can also end up costing you a lot of money on baggage fee.
2. Carry sufficient cash/credit card
When traveling abroad, it’s cheaper to carry enough foreign currency from your home country itself or use a credit card rather than converting currency at forex bureaus/banks at the destination. They charge a very high commission and you end up losing a lot of your hard earned money. Avoid withdrawing cash from ATMs at the destination too as banks charge a hefty fee on that.
3. Use Navigation Apps and travel smart
Don’t feel shy to use Google Maps on your phone for finding directions rather than ending up getting lost in the wrong neighborhood and wasting precious time. It’s usually very accurate and it’s turn-by-turn navigation is extremely useful if you’re going to be driving around.
4. Always visit the local tourism office
They are a extremely helpful, particularly for first time visitors as they can tell you everything you need to know about the destination. They can suggest you how to get around, best places to eat, free activities, special events happening during your stay, things you should be careful of and everything in between.
5. Make extra copies of your passport and important documents
Don’t forget to keep hard as well as electronic copies of your passport, visa and booking vouchers in case you lose originals during your stay. Just scan these documents and e-mail a copy to yourself and also save a PDF version to your phone/laptop so that you can always have access to them, one way or another.
6. Approach Hostel staff for Budget Restaurants
If you are traveling on a budget and looking for cheap places to eat or things to do, find a hostel near you and talk to their front desk. They deal with budget travelers and backpackers all the time and know exactly where to go for cheap meals and activities.
7. Always get behind business travelers when in security lines
They move fast. Try to keep up. Avoid queues with lots of children, they take longer to move.
8. Use Public Wi-Fi wherever possible
Rather than spending a fortune on mobile data, use of public Wi-Fi. Make full use of your Hotel Wi-Fi and when out and about check into public libraries, cafés like Starbucks or even Train/Bus Stations – these places tend to have free Wi-Fi which can help you save a lot of money.
9. Use meta search engines for cheapest fares
If you’re looking to travel on a budget or save your hard earned cash, Meta search engines and price comparison sites are a godsend! They aggregate fares from multiple websites and find you the best deals on flights and hotels. Use an app like MyTripKarma to compare global content and book at the cheapest prices.
10. Book well in advance
Book flights 3-4 months in advance to get the best prices for your desired dates and route. And don’t drive yourself too crazy trying to get the absolute cheapest fare. More often than nought, the cheapest flights are also the most uncomfortable and can leave you jaded when you reach your destination.
11. Focus on Quality not Quantity
When you’re planning a trip, particularly if it’s a short one, don’t try to squeeze too much into your itinerary with the aim of going everywhere and doing everything. Shortlist only a few places and spend quality time at each place rather than rushing from one place to another.